Everything You Need to Know About The Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull | A Vet’s Perspective

If you are investigating the Bully world in anticipation of getting an American Bully, you will probably encounter discussions on what bloodline or type of pitbull is best. A name that you will come across is the Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls. Finding out about Pitbull and American Bully bloodlines is important as it can influence the dog’s temperament, size, and other characteristics. So what is a Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull?

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are recognized as American Bulldogs of a specific type. They are heavier and more muscular than other Bullies. They are recognized by the ABKC and come in the pocket, standard, classic, and extra-large (XL) sizes. They are known for their calm, reliable temperaments.

I am a veterinarian with a special interest in Bully Dogs – I even own a rescued Bully. I have investigated Pitbull bloodlines, and one that is always worth a special mention is the Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls.

What Is A Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull?

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are a type of American Bully Dog that is recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC). They are heavier, more muscular, and have more extreme characteristics such as head size than other American Bully Dogs.

Razor Edge Kennels focused on breeding dogs from the Bully lines instead of the terrier. Gotti Pitbulls used one American Pitbull sire, Juan Gotty, as the foundation for their dogs.

Razor Edge and Gotti breeders bred game-working dogs, emphasizing the dog’s functionality.

Some breeders began mixing these two lines to produce Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls. Mixing the dogs from the two kennels or bloodlines kept true to the essence of dogs produced by both kennels.

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Is A Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull Purebred?

Officially Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are mixed breed dogs, but they have been bred to produce a specific kind of Bully Dog for many generations. The ABKC recognizes them as a purebred Bully Dog because of the rigorous breeding to produce a specific type.

Razor Edge Pitbulls were developed using a mix of American Pitbulls, English Bulldogs, and English Mastiffs.

Gotti Pitbulls are purebred American Pitbulls recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC).

Some Bully Dog purists feel the two bloodlines should be kept separate.

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull Origin  

Dave Wilson and Carlos Barksdale developed Razor Edge Pitbulls. They wanted to produce an American Pitbull with a large head, massive chest, and big muscles.

The two breeders carefully researched bloodlines and mixed American Pitbulls with English Bulldogs and English Mastiffs. Taking the best dogs from these litters, they mated these to Pitbulls from other bloodlines.

It took them seven generations of breeding to produce the dog they wanted. In many ways, Dave Wilson and Carlos Barksdale were some of the first American Bully Dog breeders. They were influential in the beginning of the American Bully breed.

Gotti Pitbulls were developed by Richard Barajas, who owned Westside Kennels. He bought Juan Gotty as a sire or stud male for his breeding program. He linebred Juan Gotty to produce Gotti Pitbulls.

Juan Gotty was a famous and desirable sire, producing his first litter from a mating when he was seven months old. Other breeders of American Pitbulls and American Bully Dogs paid high stud fees for a mating with Juan Gotty. He ultimately sired approximately 1 300 dogs.

Breeders who wanted to breed XL and XXL American Bullies used both Razor Edge and Gottilines, and this was the beginning of Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls.     

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Breed Characteristics Of The Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls have distinct characteristics, making them easily identifiable. They have broad, boxy heads and short muzzles, sporting large noses. Their cheek muscles are well-defined, making even their faces look muscular.

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls have ears set higher on the head, situated more to the top of the head than other American Bully bloodlines. Some breeders crop the ears, but this is unkind and unnecessary. The ABKC accepts both cropped and uncropped ears. 

The chest is exceptionally broad, and the shoulders well-muscled. Their thick tails may be straight or crank-handled.

What is the Temperant Like For The Razors Edge Gotti Pitbull?

Razor Edge and Gotti Pitbulls were both bred to have stable, calm, and friendly dispositions, despite their fearsome appearance. It is not surprising then that Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls have the same human-friendly disposition.

Well-socialized Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls live peaceably with other animals and are popular with families with children.

Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals have been inspired by the Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull’s impressive physique and have used them in the illegal bloodsport of dog fighting. These dogs are trained to be aggressive and fight.

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls trained to fight become dangerous dogs, and the criminal element has created a bad public opinion of these dogs.

How Big Are Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls?

Although Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls were originally bred as large or extra-large dogs, they have since been bred in all the accepted American Bully sizes. They come in pocket, classic, standard, and extra-large.

  1. Pocket Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are between 14 to 17 inches (35 to 43 cm).
  2. Standard Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are 16 to 20 inches (40 to 50 cm).
  3. Classic Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are the same height as the standard size but have a lighter frame.
  4. XL Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are 19 to 23 inches (48 to 58 cm).

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls weigh between 30 to 150 pounds (13 to 68 kilograms), depending on the size.

How Long Do Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls Live?

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls usually live until they are ten to thirteen years old. It is important to provide good nutrition appropriate to the dog’s life stage. Vaccinations, veterinary check-ups, and care when necessary are essential.

How Much Exercise Do Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls Need?

Smaller Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls need less exercise than the bigger sizes. Usually, one hour of exercise a day is needed. The amount of exercise will vary according to the individual, as some may have higher energy levels than others.

Bigger Razor Edge Pitbulls need more exercise and training if they compete in sports such as weight pulling. These dogs must be regarded as athletes and need careful training to prevent injuries.

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls do not need lengthy exercise as they are powerful dogs but not endurance athletes.   

What Color Do Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls Come In?

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are famous for the blue color coat that often occurs in this breed but also come in many other colors.

  • Blue Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls have a greyish-blue coat. Juan Gotty had a blue coat with white markings on his chest and feet. Many of his offspring have similar colors. A blue nose accompanies the blue coat.
  • Blue Brindle is a coat with vertical fawn stripes on a blue coat, and the dog’s nose is blue.
  • Black is often accompanied by white chest and feet markings.
  • White Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are rare. Ideally, they should have a dark nose, and the eyes should be rimmed in black. They are not albino dogs and are a rare color.
  • Red coats are seen when the dog has red-nose Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull parents. It seldom occurs, and red dogs are usually more expensive.
  • Tricolor is one of the rarest colours in Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls. The dog has a white, tan and black, blue, or brown (liver) coat.  

Shedding And Grooming Needs Of Gotti Pitbulls

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls have a single coat, making grooming quick and easy. A thorough brush once or twice a week will keep the coat looking good.

They shed in spring and fall, so brushing should be increased during this time to remove loose hairs and reduce hairs being dropped in the home.  

Are Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls Easy To Train?

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are easy to train as they are amenable dogs that enjoy pleasing their owners. Some people read this description of their character and think these dogs do not need any training.

Failing to train your Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull in basic obedience, leash walking, and good manners can make for some interesting walks and veterinarian visits.

Although they are usually good-natured dogs, they are immensely strong. If a Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull does not want to do something, it has enough strength to back up its “no.”

Wrestling your muscular 150-pound dog into the veterinarian’s premises is sure to be humiliating for you and entertaining for the onlookers. Even a Pocket size Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull can be a challenge. Their small frame is packed with muscle which can be hard to control.  

Who Is The Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull Good For?

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are best suited to someone who wants a companion dog. The dogs want to be around their owners and do not do well if left outside all day.

Some of the larger Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls participate in sports, and these dogs should be handled by experienced dog owners. It is important to manage their training correctly to avoid injuring the dog.  

Pocket Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls can be owned by a wider range of people. They often require less exercise and are easier to manage, but they still need firm boundaries, so a confident owner is essential.

Frail people should not own any Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls as they will struggle with the dog’s strength. The dogs are usually good with children, but boundaries must be established for the dogs and the children so that both behave appropriately. 

Common Health Issues Of Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are prone to the health problems seen in their parent breeds.

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia occur when abnormal growth patterns cause misalignment and developmental disorders in the elbow and hip joints.
  • Obesity can be a problem in these dogs, and it is critical to keep their weight down to avoid stressing their joints.
  • Early-onset arthritis is seen in some dogs.
  • Congenital heart disease is seen in this breed. Careful breeding can minimize the risk.
  • Bloat and torsion of the stomach are severe and life-threatening. Air is trapped in the dog’s stomach, and the stomach twists. The dog can die within an hour or two, and this condition must always be treated as an emergency.   
  • Some lines of Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls may have anxiety that increases when they are separated from their owners.
  • Cone-Rod Dystrophy 1 is a genetic condition where the retina degenerates, and the dog loses its vision.
  • Other eye disorders such as entropion, cherry eye, and ectropion may occur.
  • Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are brachiocephalic dogs and experience respiratory problems related to their shortened faces. 

Are Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls Aggressive?   

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls were bred to be friendly, social dogs and should not be aggressive. Most dogs of this breed are not combative and were specifically bred to have excellent temperaments.

As with any breed, irresponsible breeders may breed dogs with aggression issues. The size and power of these dogs make them dangerous if they are aggressive.

It is critical to source dogs from ethical breeders that include a good temperament as their kennel standard.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls and an American Pitbull Terrier?

An American Pitbull terrier is a purebred dog (according to the United Kennel Club), whereas the Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls are mixed breed dogs.

American Pitbull Terriers are taller and more streamlined than Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls. The latter are more muscular and have bigger heads.

How Much Is A Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull?

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls vary in price according to their bloodlines and color. An average price range is $3,000 to $35 000, although rare colors may cost more.

How Smart Is The Razor Edge Gotti Pitbull?

Razor Edge Gotti Pitbulls have average to above-average intelligence.  

My Final Thoughts

Razor Edge Gott Pitbulls are one of the friendliest American Bully Dogs. They are impressive, powerful dogs, but you will pay a considerable amount to own one. 

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Emily Andrews